Brooklyn Nets veteran Kevin Garnett lashed out at the Philadelphia 76ers crowd and sarcastically thanked them for heckling him throughout his team’s 99-91 victory.
The result left the 76ers winless this season and with the game on a knife-edge until the dying seconds Garnett made the game safe with a massive 19 foot three-pointer with just 33 seconds left on the clock. The 38-year-old appeared visibly aggravated by what he had heard from the crowd and in his post-match interview had this to say:
“I want to shout the girls out on the baseline for talking that s***,” he told ESPN. “Thank you.”
“I’m not going to get into [what they said], sorry Rod Thorn [for cursing], but this was good. I’m glad they did that. They put a little kick in my juice and I needed that.”
It was reported by cbssports.com that the 76ers crowd had targeted Garnett during the game. In the opening stages a heckler was reported to have yelled at the 2004 NBA MVP, “You’re garbage. Paul Pierce left you.” Another screamed “a bunch of fossils” at a number of Nets players.
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Currently, it has not been reported what the girls on the baseline said to Garnett but it certainly got under the 15-time All Star’s skin. The NBA are yet to announce whether they will investigate any incident involving fans and Garnett from Wednesday’s game.
In an unrelated incident, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was asked who were the top trash talkers he has faced in his 19-year NBA career and he listed Garnett alongside Reggie Miller, Gary Payton and Scott Pippen, according to nbcsports.com.
The heckling clearly didn't affect the 2008 NBA champion too badly after he finished with nine points, nine rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block in 28 minutes of game time.
The result leaves Philadelphia in serious trouble with a 0-15 season record, which is their worst start to an NBA season since 1972-73. That year they posted just nine wins all season (9-73) which is the second-worst season record of all time in the NBA, just behind Charlotte Bobcats’ embarrassing record of 7-59 in 2011-12.